One person's journey surviving mental illness and recovering from substance abuse.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I found out that today was Dr. Seusss's brthday and also National Read Across America Day. I decided to look up on Dr. Seuss online and found myself transported to Seussville http://www.seussville.com. It may be the coolest website I've ever seen and it just makes me happy. Kind of the way I felt the first time I saw the Beatle's cartoon movie "Yellow Submarine." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063823/ I've been thinking about that movie lately because I feel as though the Beatles have finally arrived in Pepperland to convert the Blue Meanies right about now. Maybe it's just that I enjoy the sheer silliness that seems to be needed to convey the idea that, "it's all good, Yo."
Dr. Seuss will always hold a sacred place in my heart because his book, "Ten Apples Up On Top" was the first book I ever read. I remember that I had been practicing with sounding out words out, but I just opened up that book and read the whole thing through. I was so excited. I could read!
These days I have a lot of trouble focusing enough to read much of a book. Maybe it's the meds or my sketchy psyche, but I do almost all my reading online. The problem I'm having is that I can no longer understand most people under the age of about 25. I'm trying to study messaging code like a new language. I don't mind that - it's an intriguing challenge as I like to study languages (except maybe math, which always alluded me, but in all fairness I haven't checked in about it lately).
So, as a writer I'm interested in the fact that many people can't read at all, which I have only grapsed a bit by being faced with circumstances in which something mattered and I didn't speak the language. And also, that a generation is emerging with a new sort of shothand dialect of language. What will our communications look like in another 10 years? I think I'm getting old enough to see how youth inspires change in our culture, but I don't think I'll ever be too old to enjoy goofy commentary with an inspirational message. So, now I'm ROTFL but that still all started with Dr. Seuss.